Chicago Tribune reporters, newsroom staff strike for first time in newspaper’s 180-year history: ‘This is Chicago, we don’t back down’

February 02, 2024

Chicago Tribune journalists and employees, and their supporters, picket Thursday alongside inflatables of Scabby the Rat during the union’s 24-hour strike. “There are countless people who aren’t on this picket line because they had to leave.”Reporter Joe Mahr (center, in black hat) rallies with other Chicago Tribune employees and their supporters Thursday. I really hope the needle moves today.”Features writer Darcel Rockett chants with other Chicago Tribune employees as they picket Thursday outside the Chicago Tribune Freedom Center. Ashlee Rezin/Sun-TimesReporter Stacy St. Clair speaks Thursday during the 24-hour strike to demand that management pay fair wages and not eliminate Tribune employees’ 401(k) match benefits. Ashlee Rezin/Sun-TimesDot Kane, whose husband works as a print specialist at the Chicago Tribune, shows her support for Tribune newsroom employees during the strike Thursday.